Remember, God is the One who makes you and us strong in Christ. God made us His chosen people. He put His mark on us to show that we are His, and He put his Spirit in our hearts to be a guarantee for all He has promised. 2 Corinthians 1:21-22(NCV)
After Ozzy’s monthly bath, I say the same thing to him, once his fur has the chance to dry a bit I call him to me and say, “Let’s put your collar on, so you look like you belong to someone.” He comes running and sits in front of me, and as I snap on his collar I say, “There, now you belong to someone!” The tags on Ozzy’s collar not only tell the world he doesn’t have rabies, but it tells the world he’s not a wild dog. He has a family.
I don’t let just any dog into my house. I buy food for only one pooch. There is only one dog that gets to sleep on the bed. I like all kinds of dogs and Ozzy had many canine friends in our neighborhood, but Ozzy has special privileges compared to the others; because he belongs to me.
If you are a child of God, you belong to Him—not in a slave/master type of relationship, but in a Father/child relationship. God is a loving father who wants to pour lavish blessings on you, simply because you are His child.
Ozzy and I don’t have a formal agreement, but somehow Ozzy seems to know he’s getting food, toys, water, a place to stay and some health care should the need arise. He also knows He can come sit on my lap just about any time he wants, if not on my lap at least within arm’s reach.
Do you know what God has promised you as His child? His; joy, mercy, grace, strength to meet the task He’s planned for you, wisdom, eternal life with Him, whatever you need, hope, and when all else seems to be failing, peace.
That’s the short list. This verse says His spirit, dwelling in us, is the deposit, a guarantee, that His promises are true.
Father, I come to You today grateful to be Your child. Thank you for your strength and for choosing me before I knew You. Let me live and act in that love today. That love is the mark Your spirit places in my heart. It’s the love that constrains me to live a life pleasing to You and that causes me to act toward others the way You acted toward me. Thank you for Your eternal promises.